Κυριακή, 28 Φεβρουαρίου 2021

St John Cassian the Roman & the orthodox christian thresures of Africa!

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Saint John Cassian the Roman was born around 360, probably in Lesser Scythia (in Dacia Pontica). His pious Christian parents gave him an excellent classical education, and also instructed him in the Holy Scriptures and in the spiritual life.

Saint John entered a monastery in the diocese of Tomis, where his friend and relative Saint Germanus labored as an ascetic. In 380, desiring to venerate the Holy Places, Saint John went to Jerusalem with his sister and his friend Saint Germanus. The two monks stayed at a Bethlehem monastery, not far from where the Savior was born.

After five years at the monastery, Saints John and Germanus traveled through the Thebaid and the desert monasteries of Sketis for seven years, drawing upon the spiritual experience of countless ascetics. The Egyptian monks taught them many useful things about spiritual struggles, prayer, and humility. Like honeybees they journeyed from place to place, gathering the sweet nectar of spiritual wisdom. The notes Saint John made formed the basis of his book called CONFERENCES WITH THE FATHERS in twenty-four chapters.

Returning to Bethlehem for a brief time, the spiritual brothers lived for three years in complete solitude. Then they went back to Egypt and lived there until 399. Because of the disturbances caused by Archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria to the monasteries along the Nile, they decided to go to Constantinople, after hearing of the virtue and holiness of Saint John Chrysostom. The great hierarch ordained Saint John Cassian as a deacon and accepted him as a disciple. John and Germanus remained with Saint John Chrysostom for five years, learning many profitable things from him.

When Chrysostom was exiled from Constantinople in 404, Saints John Cassian and Germanus went to Rome to plead his case before Innocent I. Cassian was ordained to the holy priesthood in Rome, or perhaps later in Gaul. After Chrysostom’s death in 407, Saint John Cassian went to Massilia [Marseilles] in Gaul (now France). There he established two cenobitic monasteries in 415, one for men and another for women, based on the model of Eastern monasticism.

At the request of Bishop Castor of Aptia Julia (in southern Gaul), Cassian wrote THE INSTITUTES OF CENOBITIC LIFE (De Institutis Coenobiorum) in twelve books, describing the life of the Palestinian and Egyptian monks. Written between 417-419, the volume included four books describing the clothing of the monks of Palestine and Egypt, their schedule of prayer and services, and how new monks were received into the monasteries.The last eight books were devoted to the eight deadly sins and how to overcome them. Through his writings, Saint John Cassian provided Christians of the West with examples of cenobitic monasteries, and acquainted them with the asceticism of the Orthodox East.

Cassian speaks as a spiritual guide about the purpose of life, about attaining discernment, about renunciation of the world, about the passions of the flesh and spirit, about the hardships faced by the righteous, and about prayer.

Saint John Cassian also wrote CONFERENCES WITH THE FATHERS (Collationes Patrum) in twenty-four books in the form of conversations about the perfection of love, about purity, about God’s help, about understanding Scripture, about the gifts of God, about friendship, about the use of language, about the four levels of monasticism, about the solitary life and cenobitic life, about repentance, about fasting, about nightly meditations, and about spiritual mortification. This last has the explanatory title “I do what I do not want to do.”

Books 1-10 of the CONFERENCES describe Saint John’s conversations with the Fathers of Sketis between 393-399. Books 11-17 relate conversations with the Fathers of Panephysis, and the last seven books are devoted to conversations with monks from the region of Diolkos.

In 431 Saint John Cassian wrote his final work, ON THE INCARNATION OF THE LORD, AGAINST NESTORIUS (De Incarnationem Domini Contra Nestorium). In seven books he opposed the heresy, citing many Eastern and Western teachers to support his arguments.

In his works, Saint John Cassian was grounded in the spiritual experience of the ascetics, and criticized the abstract reasoning of Saint Augustine (June 15). Saint John said that “grace is defended less adequately by pompous words and loquacious contention, dialectic syllogisms and the eloquence of Cicero (i.e. Augustine), than by the example of the Egyptian ascetics.” In the words of Saint John of the Ladder (March 30), “great Cassian reasons loftily and excellently.” His writings are also praised in the Rule of Saint Benedict.

Saint John Cassian lived in the West for many years, but his spiritual homeland was the Orthodox East. He fell asleep in the Lord in the year 435. His holy relics rest in an underground chapel in the Monastery of Saint Victor in Marseilles. His head and right hand are in the main church. 

 

በአማርኪ ውስጥ የኦርቶዶክስ ሥነ-ጽሑፋዊ ጽሑፎች ትርጉም በአክሱም ቅዱስ ግሪክ ኦርቶዶክስ ሊቀ-ጳጳስ-ኢትዮጵያ ፣ ጅቡቲ ፣ ኤርትራ ፣ ሶማሊያ // Translation of orthodox liturgical texts in Achmaric by the Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aksum (ETHIOPIA, DJIBOUTI, ERITREA, SOMALIA) // Μετάφραση ορθόδοξων λειτουργικών κειμένων στην Αχμαρική από την Ιερά Μητρόπολη Αξώμης

Mε τη βοήθεια του Θεού, τις πρεσβείες του Αγίου Φρουμεντίου φωτιστού των Αιθιόπων και τις ευχές του Μακαρ. Πατριάρχου μας Θεοδώρου Β΄, η Ιερά Μητρόπολή Αξώμης ξεκίνησε την μετάφραση των λειτουργικών κειμένων της Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας μας στην Αιθιοπική γλώσσα, με σκοπό οι Αιθίοπες Ορθόδοξοι πιστοί να μπορούν να συμμετέχουν ενεργά στην λατρευτική μας ζωή και να γευτούν τον πνευματικό πλούτο των εκκλησιαστικών κειμένων. Μέχρι σήμερα δεν είχε γίνει καμιά προσπάθεια μετάφρασης εκκλησιαστικών λειτουργικών και πατερικών κειμένων στην Αμχαρική γλώσσα.

Σε σύντομο χρονικό διάστημα θα έχουμε μεταφρασμένη στα Αμχαρικά την Θεία Λειτουργία, η οποία και θα εκδοθεί. Επίσης προετοιμάζεται το πρώτο «Ορθόδοξο Προσευχητάριο» καθώς και η βιογραφία του νεοφανούς Αγίου Παϊσίου του Αγιορείτου, ο οποίος είναι πολύ αγαπητός στους Ορθοδόξους Αιθίοπες. Δημοσιεύουμε σήμερα, με πολύ ικανοποίηση, το «Σύμβολο της Πίστεως» στην Αμχαρική γλώσσα, το οποίο θα απαγγέλλεται κατά την Θεία Λειτουργία!

ቀኖና ዘ ሃይማኖትሁሉን በሚይዝ ሰማይንና ምድርን የሚታየውን እና የማይታየውን በፈጠረ በአንድ አምላክ በአብ አምናለሁ፡፡እንዲሁም የአብ አንድያ ልጅ በሆነዉ ከዘመናት በፊት ከአብ የተወለደ በአንድ ጌታ በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ ከብርሐን የተገኘ ብርሐን ከእውነተኛ አምላክ የተገኘ አምላክ የተወለደ እንጂ ያልተፈጠረ በባሕርይዉ ከአብ ጋር አንድ የሆነ ሁሉ በእርሱ ሆነ፡፡ስለእኛ ስለሰዎች እኛን ለማዳን ከሰማይ ወረደ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ግብር ከድንግል ማርያም ሰዉ ሆነ፡፡በጴንጤናዊዉ በጲላጦስ ዘመን ስለእኛ ተሰቀለ ተሰቃየ ተቀበረ.በሶስተኛዉ ቀን ከሙታን ተነሳ፡፡በቅዱሳን መጻሕፍት እንደተጻፈ ወደ ሰማይ አረገ በአባቱም ቀኝ ተቀመጠ፡፡ዳግመኛ በሕያዋን እና በሙታን ለመፍረድ በክብር ይመጣል ለንግስናዉ ፍጻሜ የለውም፡፡እንዲሁም በጌታ በመንፈስ ቅዱስ ከአብ የሰረፀ ከአብና ከወልድ ጋር በአንድነት የሚመለክና የሚከበር እርሱም በነብያት በኩል የተናገረ ነዉ፡፡በአንዲት ቅድስት ኩላዊት ሐዋርያዊት ቤተክርስትያን፡፡ኃጥያት የሚሰረይባትን አንዲት ጥምቀትን እመሰክራለሁ፡፡የሙታንን ትንሣኤ እና የሚመጣውንም የዘለዓለም ሕይወት ተስፋ አደርጋለሁ፡፡አሜን፡፡


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OODE - ኦርቶዶክሳዊ ትምህርተ ዶግማ መድረክ 

 

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All day and all night prayers, to the Jesus Lord the Savior to stop the pandemic of Covid19 Worlwide ! Prières toute la journée et toute la nuit au Seigneur Jésus-Sauveur pour arrêter la pandémie de Covid19 dans le monde! 

Tigray crisis: Why there are fears of civil war in Ethiopia

Παρασκευή, 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2021

Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός: Το σύγχρονο παιδομάζωμα

 

Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός: Το σύγχρονο παιδομάζωμα

H Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός τιμάται κάθε χρόνο στις 12 Φεβρουαρίου με σκοπό να θυμίσει, και να ευαισθητοποιήσει τους πολίτες του κόσμου για τα παιδιά που στρατεύονται παρά τη θέλησή τους σε πολέμους και ένοπλες συγκρούσεις. Πρόκειται για τη χειρότερη μορφή παιδικής κακοποίησης. Το σύγχρονο αυτό παιδομάζωμα έχει συχνά ως στόχο παιδιά Χριστιανικών Οικογενειών, τα οποία πέφτουν θύματα απαγωγής σε τρυφερή ηλικία.

Παραδείγματα εκτεταμένης χρησιμοποίησης παιδιών ως στρατιωτών παρατηρούνται κυρίως σε χώρες της Αφρικής (Κονγκό, Ρουάντα, Ουγκάντα, Σουδάν, Ακτή Ελεφαντοστού), αλλά και στις Φιλιππίνες, τη Μυανμάρ (Βιρμανία) και την Κολομβία. Υπολογίζεται ότι ο αριθμός τους ανέρχεται σε περίπου 300.000, το ένα τρίτο των οποίων είναι κορίτσια.

Η Ημέρα της Ερυθράς Χειρός καθιερώθηκε στις 12 Φεβρουαρίου 2002, όταν τέθηκε σε ισχύ η Συνθήκη του ΟΗΕ για τα δικαιώματα των Παιδιών στις Ενοπλες Συγκρούσεις. Η Ελλάδα επικύρωσε τη συνθήκη στις 22 Οκτωβρίου 2003.

Ο «Συνασπισμός για τη μη χρησιμοποίηση Παιδιών ως Στρατιωτών», που εδρεύει στο Λονδίνο και έχει την πρωτοβουλία των εκδηλώσεων, περιλαμβάνει στους κόλπους του οργανώσεις, όπως η Διεθνής Αμνηστία και το Παρατηρητήριο των Δικαιωμάτων του Ανθρώπου (Human Right Watch) και συνεργάζεται με τη UNICEF, τον Διεθνή Ερυθρό Σταυρό και τη Διεθνή Οργάνωση Εργασίας.
Έντονο είναι το φαινόμενο παιδιών, κυρίως χριστιανικών οικογενειών, που πέφτουν θύματα απαγωγής και εν συνεχεία χρησιμοποιούνται ως βομβιστές αυτοκτονίας, καθώς μπορούν να εισρεύσουν σε πλήθος ανθρώπων χωρπίς να κινήσουν υποψίες.
Πολλά από αυτά συγκεντρώνονται από πολύ μικρές ηλικίες σε στρατόπεδα και μετατρέπονται σε ακραίους φανατικούς μαχητές.

Την περασμένη Τετάρτη ο επικεφαλής Γραφείου Καταπολέμησης της Τρομοκρατίας του ΟΗΕ Βλαντιμίρ Βορόνκοφ, μιλώντας στο Συμβούλιο Ασφαλείας υπογράμμισε ότι η απειλή για την παγκόσμια ειρήνη και ασφάλεια που θέτουν οι τρομοκράτες μαχητές του ISIS «αυξάνεται ξανά», εν μέσω πανδημίας.
Ο κ. Βορόνκοφ έκανε ιδιαίτερη αναφορά στη δύσκολη κατάσταση στην οποία βρίσκονται γυναίκες και παιδιά, τα οποία αποτελούν εύκολη λεία στα οράματα των μαχητών του Ισλαμικού Στρατού.

«Σχεδόν δύο χρόνια μετά την εδαφική ήττα του ISIS, περίπου 27.500 παιδιά ζουν σε στρατόπεδα στη βορειοανατολική Συρία, συμπεριλαμβανομένων περίπου 8.000 παιδιών από περίπου 60 χώρες εκτός του Ιράκ», είπε, προσθέτοντας ότι το 90% είναι κάτω από 12 ετών.

Ανησυχητική είναι η κατάσταση και στη Νιγηρία. Εκεί η τρομοκρατική οργάνωση Μπόκο Χαράμ, που στόχο έχει να εξαλείψει κάθε χριστιανικό στοιχείο από τις περιοχές που ελέγχει στρατολογεί μικρά παιδιά.
Σύμφωνα με στοιχεία που έδωσε προσφάτως στη δημοσιότητα ο Οργανισμός Ηνωμένων Εθνών από το 2009, περίπου 8.000 παιδιά έχουν απαχθεί από την Boko Haram. Και σύμφωνα με μια έκθεση της UNICEF, τουλάχιστον 117 από αυτά τα παιδιά έχουν χρησιμοποιηθεί ως βομβιστές αυτοκτονίας από το 2017 – και πάνω από το 80% από αυτά είναι κορίτσια.

Οι μαρτυρίες που περιλαμβάνονται στις εκθέσεις είναι συγκλονιστικές: Οι Χριστιανικές κοινότητες στη Νιγηρία ζουν κάτω από ένα καθεστώς τρόμου. Εξτρεμιστές εισβάλλουν στα σπίτια τους, καίνε τα χωριά τους, βιάζουν τις γυναίκες και τα μικρά κορίτσια, βασανίζουν, δολοφονούν και καταστρέφουν εκκλησίες.

Σύμφωνα με προηγούμενη έρευνα του Κέντρου Καταπολέμησης της Τρομοκρατίας από το Πανεπιστήμιο του Yale από τους 134 βομβιστές αυτοκτονίας, των οποίων η ηλικία έχει ταυτοποιηθεί, το 60% ήταν έφηβοι και παιδιά. Ο νεότερος τρομοκράτης που έχει μέχρι σήμερα εντοπιστεί ήταν μόλις 7 ετών. Η Boko Haram χρησιμοποίησε τέσσερις φορές περισσότερα κορίτσια από αγόρια. Η Ellen Chapin, ερευνήτρια στο Yale δήλωσε στο CNN πως η οργάνωση έχει στρατολογήσει 42 έφηβα κορίτσια και 23 μικρά κορίτσια (12 ετών και κάτω), σε σύγκριση με 11 εφήβους και 5 μικρά αγόρια.

«Ας είμαστε σαφείς: τα παιδιά αυτά είναι τα θύματα και όχι οι δράστες», λέει ο Μanuel Fonten, περιφερειακός διευθυντής της Unicef για τη δυτική και τη κεντρική Αφρική. «Η παραπλάνηση των παιδιών και ο εξαναγκασμός τους να διαπράξουν θανάσιμες πράξεις είναι μία από τις πιο φρικτές πλευρές της βίας στη Νιγηρία και στις γειτονικές χώρες», προσθέτει. Επιπλέον, τα παιδιά που γεννήθηκαν από αναγκαστικούς γάμους ή ως συνέπεια της σεξουαλικής βίας «αντιμετωπίζουν επίσης τον στιγματισμό και τις διακρίσεις» στα χωριά τους και στους καταυλισμούς των εκτοπισμένων.

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Child soldiers (ενότητα στο ιστολόγιό μας) 

Τετάρτη, 10 Φεβρουαρίου 2021

About Canary Islands & the Orthodox Church there


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"A Serbian Orthodox Divine Liturgy was celebrated for the first time in southern Gran Canaria, near Maspalomas, on the Monday after Pentecost, with the blessing of Bishop Luka of Western Europe (Serbian Orthodox Church). The Liturgy  was celebrated by priest Mark Dabić, who serves the existing parishes on the islands of Lanzarote and Tenerife. A Serb from Sarajevo was baptized on this occasion. As many Orthodox expatriates, he works on these islands. 

From now on, it is planned to hold regular services on the island of Gran Canaria. In addition to three priests of the Serbian Diocese of Western Europe (Archpriest Joan Garcia, Episcopal Vicar for the Iberian Peninsula, Hieromonk Miquel of Majorca and Father Mark Dabić) who serve in all these places of worship, two Romanian priests and a Russian priest celebrate in the Canaries on a permanent basis. 

After celebrating the Divine Liturgy in Gran Canaria, Father Mark Dabić celebrated the liturgy of the dead on May 26, 2018 in the Russian Church located south of Tenerife; and on May 27, Pentecost Day, in Puerto de la Cruz, north of Tenerife, in the chapel of the Serbian Western Europe diocese."

Canary Islands (Wikipedia)

The Canary Islands (/kəˈnɛəri/; Spanish: Islas Canarias, pronounced [ˈislas kaˈnaɾjas]), also known informally as the Canaries, are a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, in a region known as Macaronesia. At their closest point to the African mainland, they are 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Morocco. They are the southernmost of the autonomous communities of Spain, and are located in the African Tectonic Plate. The archipelago is economically and politically European, and is part of the European Union.[4][5]

The eight main islands are (from largest to smallest in area) Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Graciosa. The archipelago includes many smaller islands and islets, including Alegranza, Isla de Lobos, Montaña Clara, Roque del Oeste, and Roque del Este. It also includes a number of rocks, including those of Salmor, Fasnia, Bonanza, Garachico, and Anaga). In ancient times, the island chain was often referred to as "the Fortunate Isles".[6] The Canary Islands are the southernmost region of Spain, and the largest and most populous archipelago of Macaronesia.[7] Because of their location, the Canary Islands have historically been considered a bridge between the four continents of Africa, North America, South America, and Europe.[8]

In 2019, the Canary Islands had a population of 2,153,389[2] (with a density of 287.39 inhabitants per km2), making it the eighth most populous autonomous community. The population is mostly concentrated in the two capital islands: around 43% on the island of Tenerife and 40% on the island of Gran Canaria.

The Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and Lanzarote, are a major tourist destination, with over 12 million visitors per year. This is due to their beaches, subtropical climate, and important natural attractions, especially Maspalomas in Gran Canaria, Teide National Park, and Mount Teide (a World Heritage Site) in Tenerife. (Mount Teidel is the third tallest volcano in the world, measured from its base on the ocean floor.)[9][10] Because of the islands’ subtropical climate, it has long, hot summers, and moderately warm winters.[11] The amount of precipitation and the level of maritime moderation vary depending on location and elevation. The archipelago includes green areas as well as desert areas. The islands’ high mountains are ideal for astronomical observation, because they lie above the temperature inversion layer. As a result, the archipelago boasts two professional observatories: Teide Observatory on the island of Tenerife, and Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma.[12]

In 1927, the Province of Canary Islands was split into two provinces. In 1982, the autonomous community of the Canary Islands was established. The cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are, jointly, the capital of the islands.[13][14] Those cities are also, respectively, the capitals of the provinces of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has been the largest city in the Canaries since 1768, except for a brief period in the 1910s.[15] Between the 1833 territorial division of Spain and 1927, Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands. In 1927, it was ordered by decree that the capital of the Canary Islands would be shared between two cities, and this arrangement persists to the present day.[16][17] The third largest city in the Canary Islands is San Cristóbal de La Laguna (a World Heritage Site) on Tenerife.[18][19][20] This city is also home to the Consejo Consultivo de Canarias, which is the supreme consultative body of the Canary Islands.[21]

During the era of the Spanish Empire, the Canaries were the main stopover for Spanish galleons on their way to the Americas, which sailed that far south in order to catch the prevailing northeasterly trade winds.[22][23]

 

Πέμπτη, 4 Φεβρουαρίου 2021

Someone so damaged, so broken, like Agatha, is a saint // How an giant African-American man with tattoos all over his face saw a guide for his life...

 


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Martyr Agatha of Palermo in Sicily (February 5)

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Orthodox Africa: Treasures of the Divine Liturgy from the Holy Bible

 

Icon of the Mother of God “the Rescuer of the Drowning”

Friday of the 35th week after Pentecost; Repose St Theodosius of Chernigov

Orthodox Africa

James 2.1-13 (Epistle)

 
Brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 
But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

 

Heb 13.17-21 (Epistle—St Theodosius)

 
Brethren, obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you. Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably. But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner. Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

 

Mark 10.23-32 (Gospel)

 

The Lord said: “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 
So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions – and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid.

 

Luke 6.17-23 (Gospel—St Theodosius)

 
At that time, Jesus stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all. Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. 
Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven.